Curator, writer and editor. Particular research interests include the relationship between photography and fictions, photo-text intersections, the archive and vernacular photography, the photobook, the curatorial practice and online platforms.
She is working on her PhD in Photography, Fictions and Text from the University of Westminster. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature from the University College of London and a MSc in Book Publishing from the University of Milan.
Founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist. Guest curator of Jaipur Photo Festival 2017. Previously she was Art Fund Curatorial Fellow of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2015), she collaborated with the Archive of Modern Conflict (2013-14) and was assistant curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival (2012-13).
Visiting lecturer and guest speaker at several international universities, institutions, festivals and fairs, including Ithaca College (NY), IMT School of Advanced Studies (Lucca, Italy), Vienna Art Week, The Photograpers’ Gallery and the Science Museum in London, London College of Communication, Nottingham Trent University, Daniel Blau Gallery and Krakow Photomonth.
Feminine Masculine: On the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex (Photo50, London Art Fair, 2016), P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author (Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with the V&A and the Art Fund, 2015-2016), Amateur Unconcern: A Photo-Literary Fantasia (FORMAT Festival 2015), Tommaso Tanini’s H. said he loved us (Kunsthalle Budapest, 2014) and Amore e Piombo [Love and Lead]: the Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, co-curated with Roger Hargreaves (Archive of Modern Conflict at Brighton Photo Biennial, 2014).
The Modern Spirit Is Vivisective by Francesca Catastini, winner of the Vienna PhotoBook Award and published by Anzenberger Editions (2016), ‘An Anti-glossary of Photography and Visual Culture’, in The (Un)becomings of Photography, edited by Lars Willumeit, published by the Foundation for Visual Arts (2016), Amore e Piombo [Love and Lead]: the Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, co-edited with Roger Hargreaves, published by Archive of Modern Conflict Books (2014) and winner of the Kraszna Krausz 2015 Best Photography Book Award and Hungry Still photo-cook-book co-produced by Slideluck, FORMAT and QUAD (2014). She contributes regularly to international magazines such as Der Greif, Photoworks, Foam, Objektiv, Unseen magazine, EXTRA, 1000 Words, Co-Curate and The British Journal of Photography. She has participated as jury member to several international photography awards and portfolio reviews and she recently joined the Academy of nominators for the Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize.